CARMODY, Pádraig

PhD Geography, Professor in Geography, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).
Socio-environmental geopolitics, economics and development; Africa.  

Pádraig Carmody is Professor in Geography at Trinity College, the University of Dublin where he did his undergraduate and masters work and is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. His Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota in the US, where after graduation he also taught at the University of Vermont. At TCD he directs the Masters in Development Practice and CHARM-EU. His research centres on the political economy of globalisation in Africa and he has published in journals such as European Journal of Development Research, Review of African Political Economy, Economic Geography and World Development. He has also published nine books, including The New Scramble for Africa (2nd ed., Polity, 2016), the Rise of the BRICS in Africa (Zed, 2013) and as part of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers’ book series with Professor James T. Murphy, Africa’s Information Revolution: Technical Regimes and Production Networks in South Africa and Tanzania (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). He has won research grants from the United States National Science Foundation, European Commission, National Geographic and Irish Research Council, amongst others. He sits on the boards of Political Geography, Economies, African Geographical Review, Journal of the Tanzanian Geographical Society and Geoforum where he was formerly editor-in-chief. He is currently associate editor of Transnational Corporations published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He is a Fellow of Trinity College and was elected to the Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences in 2018. He has been chair of the Development Studies Association of Ireland and is currently co-Chair of the Global Association of Masters in Development Practice and sits on the Academic Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Development Goals Academy. He is also currently Chair of the Standing Committee on International Affairs of the RIA.

Key publications

Carmody, P., P. Kragelund and R. Reberedo (2020). Africa’s Shadow Rise: China and Mirage of African Economic Development,. London: Zed Books in association with the International African Institute.
Shortlisted for Business Council of Africa, African Business Book of the Year (2023).

Carmody, P. (2016). The New Scramble for Africa, revised and expanded second edition. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Carmody, P. and P. Kragelund. (2016) “Who is in Charge? State Power, Agency and Sino-African Relations”, Cornell International Law Journal, 49, 1-24.

Murphy, J.T. Murphy and P. Carmody (2015) Africa’s Information Revolution: Technical Regimes and Production Networks in South Africa and Tanzania. London: Wiley-Blackwell and Royal Geographical Society.

Carmody, P. (2013). The Rise of the BRICS in Africa: the Geopolitics of South-South Relations, London: Zed Books.

Carmody, P. and Owusu, F. (2007). “Competing Hegemons? Chinese versus American Geo-economic Strategies in Africa”, Political Geography, 26(5), 504-524. Reprinted in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial African Issues, Bill Moseley (ed.), 3rd and 4th editions, McGraw Hill Duskin, 2009 and 2011 and African Politics: Major Works, Nic Cheesman (ed.), London, Routledge, 2016.


Complete list of publications

Trinity Research (The University of Dublin)